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Kayakers are in...
Official details will be posted as stats become available. Below find some images of the final leg of the race as paddlers cross the finish line.
Ranza Boys (sponsored by The Reef Radio) were the first to cross the finish line
Congratulations to all participants!!
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Tropic Air Connects San Pedro to Belmopan
Monday, April 19, 2010, was a very proud and important day for Tropic Air, as Belmopan greeted and accepted Tropic’s first scheduled flight from San Pedro to the Hector Silva Airport. At airport grounds, the inauguration was held with invited guests who included international ambassadors and Mayor of Belmopan Mr. Simeon Lopez.
In his welcome address, Mr. Lopez stated in his inspiring speech, that this new flight was a brave and great idea, simply because it is great for Sanpedranos and tourists to have greater access to experience and explore Belmopan and Cayo’s tourist attractions. As for the mainland residents in the west, it is a great escape to Paradise to explore San Pedro’s tourist attractions.
Mr. Johnny Greif greeted his invited guests with his kind and moving words about this great flight that is much more for the betterment of tourism and offering the comfort of a fast and safe flight.
Tropic Air is operating two flights a day to Belmopan, one in the morning and one in the afternoon on Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays. As the service grows and becomes more receptive and successful, plans are to fly on a daily basis to Belmopan.
Mr. Greif stated to the media that the morning is going to be more productive for the Sanpedranos that have business with the Government of Belize, dealing with VISA issue at the US Embassy and other embassies and Americans dealing with passport issues. The return flight is expected to provide a little cargo service like for high end vegetables coming to the cayes.
We have been approached by the business community, by the embassies, by the San Pedranos and by the tourism sector in Cayo and San Ignacio for years, commented Johnny Greif. This goes back a decade and they have always wanted this service but we have to balance providing a dependable service with making a profit. It was always a question of when not if and we just decided this was the right time to give it a try.
Minister of Tourism, Culture and Civil Aviation Hon. Manuel Heredia stated, Two great Belizean destinations come together and are connected for our international visitors to enjoy. I invite everybody to spread the word of this exciting new connection within our country.
At the end of the ceremony, invited guests gathered at the ribbon cutting of Tropic Air’s terminal building at the Hector Silva Airport; the honors were given to Hon. Heredia and Mr. Johnny Greif.
The San Pedro/Belmopan flight is about 45 minutes and the Hector Silva Airport is about 10 minutes from Belmopan City. One way fare for the flight from San Pedro is $169Bze and round trip is $333Bze. For more information call 226-2012.
It is no consolation whatsoever to be told that the procedure was successful, but the patient died!
Similarly it is not good news when the Commissioner of Police tells us that crime is down, but murder is up!
Seven murders in fourteen days! That’s not the kind of information that will lead to peace of mind. That stark statistic, standing alone, does not tell half the story!
Doctors and nurses at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital work overtime to save people who have been deliberately shot or stabbed. If it were not for their unflagging efforts, the murder rate in Belize could perhaps be twice as high.
Murder is a heinous crime! To take somebody’s life is the quintessential act of savagery. It inflicts irreparable damage on the victim and his family. It causes not only physical and emotional distress. It also obliges families, who have a hard time finding money for food and clothes, to find also money for burial expenses.
Murder is an arrogant imposition. It is an insult to humanity; a declaration of war against the person and a denial of man’s right to live. For the perpetrator, murder is the quickest road to infamy and hell. For the rest of humanity murder is also the sure road to loss of human dignity and civil unrest.
Civilized societies must abhor murder and do everything they can to prevent it. They must seek out the root cause of murder and deal resolutely with it. The Press and the Society have a duty to condemn murder in all its forms.
People in Belize who commit murder do so because they know they can get away with it. Of every ten cases that come up for trial, only three are brought to a satisfactory conclusion. The State’s first duty in dealing with murder and attempted murder therefore is to make sure that those who commit these crimes are held accountable.
The entire process of investigation, prosecution and jurisdiction must be co-ordinated and be effective enough to discourage murder and attempted murder.
It is the first duty of the police and the state to protect its citizens. In our editorial last week we expressed the view that the government now needs to assume emergency powers for the specific purpose of dealing with the gang violence that promotes murder as way of controlling people. We say this because gang activity shows no respect for human life.
What we face in Belize today is a serious life-threatening situation which cannot be allowed to continue. It is a situation which only the State can fix. The electorate will judge the State on how it responds.
Gold Medal Winners Return from Panama
On Wednesday, members of Belize’s National Athletics team returned from Panama to a warm reception. They were met at the Phillip Goldson International Airport by the President of the Belize Olympic Committee, Ned Pitts, as well as representatives from the Belize Sports Council. Their reception was well deserved as Belize’s only 4 gold medals in the IX Central American Games came in the discipline of athletics.
Trecia Flores won Belize’s first gold medal on April 16 in the long jump competition. She did it by breaking Maria Pies’ record with a jump of 5.97 meters. The record was set in 2001. Flores said that even though it was difficult to prepare for the long jump competition in Belize since our sporting complex is under construction, she never took her mind off breaking the record. She said, I know what I wanted to do and I went and did it. She says her goal now is to improve on that record setting jump.
Jonathan Williams represented Belize in his event of specialty, the 400 meters hurdle. It was no surprise that he won the gold medal in dominating fashion. Williams also won the silver medal in the 110 meter hurdles. He did not make the trip to Belize because he had to fly directly back to Los Angeles.
Belize’s most decorated athlete at the Games was Kaina Martinez. She came home with gold medals in the 100 and 200 meters event. She also placed second to Flores in the Long Jump competition. She said it was difficult to train for the event with her heavy school load but she stuck to her goal. She said that her success comes from trusting in God, believing in herself and focusing on her goals.
The next event for these athletes is the Central American Championships in June of this year.
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
Park was fun yesterday, however considering it was an ECO CHALLENGE., the beach was littered with trash:((( when will this town ever LEARN!!!!
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